Superheroic Compassion

I started this blog with a bunch of things that made me up. Superheroes, overall lifestyle, and fitness became the focus to promote an excellence in my life moving forward. In the recent weeks, I’ve kind of shied away from posting. This is not because I don’t have material, but because all around me life is happening. I wanted to start off with that. I love writing. I love talking about myself. And I love promoting an amazing lifestyle filled with health, compassion, and positivity. That creates a very good bridge to what I want to talk about today, Superman.

Today, Superman celebrated an amazing one-thousandth issue. He was the premiere superhero for DC Entertainment, however that was when the company was still known as National Allied Periodicals. He wore a colorful costume. He protected the populous. He had special powers others did not that allowed him to do so. It was something new to the industry of detective stores. It changed the comic book industry. In Superman, the superhero was born.

My first comic was not in fact a Superman comic. It was from the rival publishing company, but when I actually started collecting comics at 18, I started with Jeph Loeb’s Superman/Batman Supergirl arc. With Michael Turner doing the art and Jeph Loeb on script, I saw this powerful figure who saw the best in every situation. He saw the good in people. He instilled hope, optimism, and positivity because of this.

One of the first thing I did today when I woke up was get a digital copy of Action Comics #1000. I wanted to read it. I wanted to know what DC put out there for this landmark issue. I was not disappointed at all, quite the opposite. All of the stories, Brian Bendis’s lead-up to Man of Steel and the other Superman books he’s writing not withstanding, showed Superman as the embodiment of compassion.

In the America we live in, it seems like compassion has been lost. We see people of color being shot or arrested almost daily now on the news. We almost have become desensitized to school shootings due to the weekly nature of them. We have a a bully of a President who doesn’t seem to have an ounce of care for anyone but the 1%. It’s hard to keep positive sometimes and hold on to that empathy for our fellow man.

Superman is needed as much today as he was when he first aired. Granted, it would be better if he wasn’t a white male, but he’s still a voice for the everyman. He helps people across the world non-discriminated. He pushes people to be better. He creates hope. Reading that comic today made me realize that you don’t have to be a superhero to do this. You just have to have the same kind of compassion for everyone else as this character does.

We all do live in our own worlds. We have bubbles we tend to not go out of, and that is not a bad thing. We just need to be building the bridges with our brothers and sisters around the world and create a universal empathy for our fellow man. In the end, we’re all just particles. We’re made up of the same things as a chair or the comic book I read. We are all the same. We are all beautiful. And this understanding begins a path to compassion, to hope, and to excellence for everyone. Not just you.

I can’t say that Superman taught me that, but I will say that he reminded me of it. The one thing this character did teach me, that I’ve recognized through my own life working behind the counter of both a pizza shop and a bar is this: Compassion goes a long way, and you’d be surprised how much a little compassion to a stranger could change their life.

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